Return of wolves to Germany pits farmers against environmentalists

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EU regulations outlaw killing of wolves unless people are in danger or there is ‘no satisfactory alternative’

More than a century ago, wolves were hunted to extinction in Germany. These days, they’re back – and their presence is a source of political strife.

Wolf attacks on livestock increased drastically in 2017, according to government statistics released at the weekend: they carried out 472 attacks, an increase of 66% over the previous year. The number of killed, injured or missing livestock – mostly sheep and goats – rose 55%, to 1,667.

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